Drinking wine is ideal for a night out. However, whilst almost every Moscow bar offers wine by the bottle or glass they may lack the necessary atmosphere. The best Moscow wine bars and restaurants combine atmosphere with an in-depth knowledge about wine. Haute Living pick of the best wine lists in Russian capital will get you started.
1 Le Sommelier - Pinot Noir Restaurant
The first wine restaurant Le Sommelier - Pinot Noir represents the concept of a tasting bar, wine boutique and wine club. For today the restaurant is a unique tasting area accessible not only for professionals but also for all wine lovers. Daily there is an exclusive wine card offer – more than 80 positions of fine wines and strong spirits by glasses. So you can always get wine being based on your own choice because you have tasted it. The main idea is to give a chance to wines lovers to taste different spirits using recommendations of the best sommeliers. The Chiefe Garbriel V.Algarin is already well-known in Moscow by his steaks. Specially for Le Sommelier – Pinot Noir he has created wine kitchen. Each dish of the menu acts as an exclusive tandem to the spirits of the wine card.
2 Casa del Vino Restaurant & Enoteca
Casa del Vino’s wine card would not let the guest miss a fine wine. Renewed regularly, wine card always presents “new gems”. The restaurant boasts wide variety of wines, providing you with the top-quality ones and specializes on offering the wines not yet familiar to everyone but very interesting.
3 Grand Cru Bar and Boutiques
Wine shop, wine bar and wine tasting what more could you ask for. Grand Cru is bringing back wine from the dark ages and reclaiming it as something special, individual and unique. It has an excellent selection of Italian and French wines, and imports exclusively Spiegelau wine glasses. There are also some French cheeses and Spanish boutique hams on offer to come with the wine.
4 Rosso & Bianco Café
The concept of Rosso & Bianco café lays in a successful attempt to recreate the entourage of a typical Parisian salon with his bohemian spirit. It retains an air of tradition coupled with a slightly more contemporary feel. Wine list features more then two hundred of varieties of wine. All of them were carefully selected from the best wine regions in the world.
Oruzheiny pereulok, 27, www.rossobianco.ru
5 Gavroche Bar
Gavroche is elegant, spacious, quiet and dim bar offering extensive selection of wine and fine French cuisine. Gavroche is divided into four areas of different styles: first you come to a bar, then a café-style section, followed by a lounge area and a restaurant room. The decoration is restrained: wine crates, illuminated bottles and large black-and-white photos on the walls. Fantastic service and surprisingly informal atmosphere.